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Nature Poetry Night for RIWPS Members

May 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Vaccinium macrocarpon-(large-cranberry) photo, DMcGrady


If you missed our winter book discussion, that’s because there wasn’t one! Instead, we are celebrating nature through poetry this spring.

Maybe you have some favorite poem that contemplates the mysteries of trees, the wisdom of ancient stones, the creatures of the earth, sky and sea. Or perhaps you find strange comfort in the rage and sorrow of poets who speak of polluted air, dying coral reefs, denuded mountaintops. Maybe you don’t often read poetry, but would like to spend a couple hours listening to some poems, and sharing your thoughts on their imagery, rhythm and meaning.

If you do have a favorite poem, please bring copies to share (we will let you know how many, when we know how many people sign up). We hope you will want to read aloud, and offer a few of your own thoughts, or pose a question.

If you like the idea of this poetry night, but no favorite poem comes to mind, you might find one in the books listed below, available through Ocean State Libraries:

  • The Ecopoetry Anthology / Edited by Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street
  • The Columbia Anthology of American Poetry / edited by Jay Parini

Or feel free, of course, to browse on your own and find a poem that interests you. If you need a prompt for a poet, how about one of these: Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Edna St Vincent Millay, Elizabeth Bishop, Gary Snyder, Wendell Berry, Pablo Neruda, Stanley Kunitz, Marge Piercy, or Lucille Clifton?

We will meet on at Anne Raver’s home in Warren RI. Light refreshments provided. Plenty of parking along the street.

Discussion Leader:  Elaine Trench
Participants: Minimum 7, Maximum 12
Fee $5:00

Preregistration is required. An event reminder, which will include directions, will be sent out to participants a few days prior to the discussion.




May 15
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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